Stranded roadside with an unresponsive car; we’ve all been there! Fortunately, there are a few telltale signs suggesting you need a new car battery, and if you are lucky enough to be given notice by your car, it’s important that you head to a mechanic while you have the chance. Below, BJ Banning has outlined several telltale signs that your car battery is on its last legs.

Slow Crank

Have you noticed that your engine seems sluggish and takes longer to kick start when you crank it? If your car has been sounding drowsy, it would be a good time to get the battery checked, before it fails on you completely!


The average life of a car battery is 3 to 5 years, so if yours is around that mark it may be time to purchase a new car battery altogether. If yours seems to be fine, it’s worth having a regular annual check once it reaches its 3 year birthday.


Does your vehicle seem temperamental, starting perfectly one day but struggling the next? It is probably trying to tell you that you need a new car battery. Although it may seem a pain, this is a good sign, as it allows you to get the problem fixed before it decides to shut down completely. Often, car batteries will cut out suddenly without forewarning, so if you are lucky enough to get a sign, make sure you act on it.

Dimming Lights

If your lights appear to dim every now and then, especially when your car is initially starting up, this is often the sign of an unfit battery. Car owners sometimes come into the garage thinking they need new bulbs or fuses, but in fact, the battery is the core of the problem. If this is the case for you, seek immediate attention from a mechanic who can properly diagnose the problem.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms with your own car or would like to discuss the services we have to offer, please contact the knowledgeable team at BJ Banning today on 0121 327 2741.

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